Saturday marked the opening of Cat Town, the first cat café in the Bay Area and, lo, the nation. Our sister site Eater staked out the event, reporting back on everything from the decor (lots of cartoonish murals) to the beans (supplied by Bicycle Coffee) to the cats (cute). Here's how it works: Because of health-code rules, the cat play area and the café are actually two distinct spaces; walk-in cat fanciers are welcome, but a $10 donation will secure you a reservation and help fund rescue efforts. (Hayes Valley's KitTea will follow a similar model.) Cat Town's playspace is festooned with local landmarks—there's a cartoon feline curled around the clock on the Tribune Tower, the architectural equivalent of a cat sauntering across your morning newspaper—and there's even a scratchable cardboard BART car. Eater's photo tour is this way.
· Cat Town [Official Site]
· Cat Town, America's First Cat Cafe, Now Open in Oakland [Eater SF]
· Is the KitTea Design Hip Enough to Woo the Snooty Cats of SF? [Curbed SF]